Cutting-Edge Cancer Treatment, Close to Home
A few of our specialty areas include:
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives, and can affect men too. We want to ensure all breast cancer patients receive the best possible services and care to help make cancer treatment easier. OMC's breast navigators provide you support and assist with problems that can arise during breast cancer treatment and recovery. They can help schedule appointments, connect with support services, find financial resources and transportation.
OMC's Breast Care Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our patients get comprehensive care with state-of-the-art services and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care and determine the best treatment. Our breast surgeons have a combined 60 plus years of experience with breast reconstruction. They work closely with each patient and their general surgeon, medical and radiation oncologist and primary care provider to choose the right procedure. In many cases, breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy.
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. With early detection, it is also one of the most treatable cancers. Our comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cancer care program is provided by a multidisciplinary team with subspecialty training and distinguished clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating colon cancer.
According to new 2018 guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society, people who have an average risk of colorectal cancer should start regular screenings at age 45. Screenings should begin at a younger age because new cases of colorectal cancer are occurring at an increasing rate among younger adults.
OMC physicians were among the first in the country to perform laparoscopic colon resection in 2001, a procedure that has now become a standard treatment option for colon cancer patients. Colonoscopy screenings can help by detecting and removing precancerous growths early, before they turn into cancer.
Learn more about colonoscopies.
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. Cigarette smoking, high levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may increase risk. At OMC, lung cancer treatment specialists have developed a system to address the desire of patients and their families to schedule evaluations with several specialists, all in the fastest timeframe possible.
A team of specialty physicians from areas such as oncology, radiation therapy, pulmonology, thoracic surgery, radiology, pathology and primary care meet regularly to discuss every lung cancer patient's case individually, and the group draws from the expertise and experience of each specialist to develop the best possible treatment plan for the patient.
OMC physicians were the first in the region to introduce some of the latest technology in diagnosing lung cancer, including Endobronchial Ultrasound to perform non-surgical biopsies of the chest, and the InReach System for detecting hard-to-reach lung cancer lesions in hard-to-access regions of the lungs.
OMC offers low-dose CT lung screenings for early detection of lung cancer. In this test, an x-ray machine scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to make a series of detailed pictures of the lungs. If you are an adult between 50 and 74 years old who is at high risk for lung cancer because you are currently a heavy smoker, or you have quit within the past 15 years, you should have an annual low-dose CT lung scan.
Learn more about low-dose CT lung screenings.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. The good news is that it is also the most preventable and treatable cancer, especially when it's detected and treated early. Whether basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, our physicians provide advanced diagnosis and treatment plans that are unique to each patient.
Our Nurse Navigators
We have compassionate and highly skilled nurse navigators to help ensure your experience is as seamless as possible. Our nurse navigator will assist you with all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
Some of the services our navigators provide include, helping patients make informed medical decisions and assisting with scheduling multiple appointments and tests.
Our surgeons are redefining the surgical treatment of cancer. With the latest technology, combined therapies, micro surgery techniques and other minimally invasive procedures, we are fighting cancer in advanced and aggressive ways. Our multidisciplinary team approach surrounds every surgical patient with support before and after surgery, helping them to make informed decisions and providing the resources they need to heal - physically and emotionally.
Medical oncology is comprised of various cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells. These cancer cells grow and divide quickly. Because chemotherapy cannot always identify or isolate cancer cells, it also damages healthy cells. This damage to healthy cells is what causes the side effects from chemotherapy. Often, these side effects get better or even go away when chemotherapy is done. Chemotherapy can cure cancer, control cancer or ease cancer symptoms.
An oncologist will order a chemotherapy drug protocol to be given during a treatment session. Sometimes there is only one drug to be given, but often a group of drugs is administered. Often chemotherapy treatments are given on an outpatient basis in one of our infusion suites, where we provide a comfortable, supportive environment for you and your family or friends. Depending on your type of cancer, you may also receive radiation therapy.
Radiation oncology is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop the spread of these cancer cells. Radiation used in cancer treatment works similar to that of an x-ray. The difference is that this radiation is given at higher doses. More than half of people with cancer will receive radiation therapy. Sometimes it may be the only treatment that a cancer patient needs.
OMC has invested in state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology, including linear accelerators, CT simulator, treatment planning system and physics equipment. Radiation therapy itself is not painful. The side effects that you can get from radiation therapy can cause pain or discomfort. Our support team works with each patient to provide care and support to address treatment side effects.
Whether you are just starting your cancer treatment journey or have completed your treatment, you may be experiencing a variety of changes or problems that have affected your ability to complete and manage everyday tasks. Our therapists help patients cope with the changes that may come with cancer treatment through Cancer Rehabilitation Services and other specialized therapy services. Our licensed therapists work with inpatients at Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center, and outpatients at seven convenient locations in Johnson and Miami counties—including the Olathe Health Cancer Center—to provide evaluation and rehabilitation services for optimal healing and improved quality of life. Rehabilitation services are also provided through our Home Health line of care. In collaboration with the referring physician, our therapists will work to provide the best individualized therapy plan possible for each patient.
Specialized therapy services include: